It’s almost Valentine’s Day! As a mom of two boys, I’m always searching for fun ways to spend quality time with them. Thankfully, there’s so much to do in Tampa Bay. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate the holiday of love with your kids, I got you covered! From trips to the museum to animal encounters, there’s so many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Tampa Bay.
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Visit A Museum
There’s three cool museums dedicated to children in the Tampa Bay area: MOSI, Glazer Children’s Museum and Great Explorations. My kids always have a great time visiting the Glazer Children’s Museum. Looking for something older kids will enjoy? Check out the other museums in the area. Visit the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, The Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, The Tampa Museum of Art or the Tampa Bay History Center.
Go Ice Skating
Spend some quality time on the ice to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Get Ready for Adventure
Does your child enjoy sports or fun activities? Check out the list below for some great options.
- Topgolf Tampa
- TreeHoppers Aerial Adventure Park
- iFLY Indoor Skydiving
- Empower Adventures
- Congo River Golf
- Urban Air Adventure Park
Enjoy a Nice Meal
There are so many great places to eat in Tampa Bay. Take your child to their favorite restaurant or try something new. Looking for affordable options? Here’s a complete guide to where kids eat FREE in Tampa Bay. You can also check out the list below for some great options.
- Heights Public Market at Armature Works
- Krate at The Grove
- Midtown Tampa
- Sparkman Wharf
- Parkesdale Farms
- The Getaway
Have Fun on the Water
Exploring Tampa Bay on a boat or ship is a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Check out the list below for some great options.
Enjoy Arts & Crafts
Explore your creative sides by taking an art class for Valentine’s Day. We have so many options in the Tampa Bay area. Check out the list below for different businesses.
- You Do the Dishes (Tampa)
- Nomadic Fete (Tampa Bay area & online shop)
- AR Workshop Tampa, Brandon, St. Petersburg
- Center Place (Brandon)
- The Potter’s House Studio (Tampa)
- Miss Anita’s Crafts (Tampa)
- Two Sisters DIY Workshop (Land O’ Lakes)
- Muddy Potter (Dunedin)
- Make Me (St. Petersburg)
- B Creative Painting Studio (Wesley Chapel)
- Color Me Mine (Tampa)
- The Pottery Patch (Valrico)
Visit Busch Gardens to experience a 30-minute guided Serengeti Safari Tour. You can also ride the train to view all of the animals. Visit the animals at ZooTampa at Lowry Park for and go on a 15-minute ride on the open-air safari vehicle for behind-the-scenes views of the animals. Stop by the Florida Aquarium to visit sharks, stingrays, barracudas, otters, alligators and snakes. Check out the Dolphin VR Experience at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Love farm animals? Get up close to cows, chickens and goats at Old McMicky’s Farm.
Enjoy Sweet Treats
You can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day without enjoying something sweet. We have some great spots in Tampa Bay where you can have cookies, cupcakes, ice cream or chocolate with your kids. Check out the list below for some great options.
- Peterbrooke Chocolatier Tampa Downtown
- Bake’n Babes
- Hampton Chocolate Factory
- WonderWaffel Tampa
- The Peach Cobbler Factory
- Sea Maids Creamery
- Desserts by Toffee to Go
- Oh Yeah Creamery
Looking for Valentine’s Day art projects for your little ones? Visit my Pinterest board or check out these fun activities:
Valentine’s Day Scrape Painting
Valentine’s Day White Chocolate Bark
DIY Valentine’s Day Sensory Bottle
Craft Stick Valentine Picture Frame